A Glimpse of Our Past
Tullio Terni (1888–1946): The “column” of spinal cardiovascular regulation
Article first published online: 7 AUG 2012
Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 26, Issue 5, pages 544–546, July 2013
How to Cite
Macchi, V., Porzionato, A., Stecco, C. and De Caro, R. (2013), Tullio Terni (1888–1946): The “column” of spinal cardiovascular regulation. Clin. Anat., 26: 544–546. doi: 10.1002/ca.22146
- Issue published online: 18 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 7 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 5 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Received: 21 FEB 2012
- autonomic nervous system;
- Terni's column
Tullio Terni (1888–1946) was a brilliant anatomist in the School of Medicine of Padova, Italy. He was a versatile scientist who gave fundamental and pioneering contributions in descriptive and experimental cytology, human and comparative morphogenesis, neuroanatomy, embryology and teratology, and regenerative biology. His most famous discovery, which bears his name, is the so-called “Terni's column.” In embryos of chickens, he described the existence in the thoracolumbar region of the spinal cord of a preganglionic nervous center, constituting a longitudinal column of nervous cells between the first thoracic and the second lumbar segments. Tullio Terni embodied the ideal of free science without geographic boundaries. He used cutting-edge tools, demonstrating his very current approach. Terni studied the organization of tissues and organs and the spatial arrangement and the physical state of the tissues of living systems. He also practiced experimental embryology, which formed the basis of modern techniques in organ transplantation. Moreover, he studied multiple species in order to compare multiple organisms. Terni was a multifaceted scientist. Clin. Anat. 26:544–546, 2013. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.